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Week 1
No pictures for this week as we could not begin construction due to lack of tools (one of the problems with start-up at the beginning of the year - The tools were misplaced and it wasn't discovered till class time.)
Week 2
1/2 of the class (6th graders) had to partake of a field trip.  Therefore we switch from the more complex Lil' Guy kit to the Whatchamacallit kit, which can be built in one class.  We will work begin the Lil' Guy next week when we have the entire class. 
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Engine mount assembled, we begin working on the fins of the Whatchamacallit
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I encourage classmates to learn from others.  Jeff (right) has been to several of my classes and can be a big help with the newer members of our rocketry classes.
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The fins presented a bit of a challenge for many until curiosity and effort pays off!
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After test fitting the fins together, they now apply glue to finish the fin assembly.
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Fin assemblies near completion, we prepare to move on in the assembly.
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All sub-assemblies (engine mount, fins, streamer), we begin the final assembly.
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Attaching the fin unit
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Some with fins swept forward, some swept rearward.
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Last step, attaching the Launch Lug.
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The class poses with their creations!
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The kids were goofing around but it looked like it would make a really cool picture, and it did!
Week 3
Lil' Guy assembly
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With the Whatchamacallit done, we now begin work on the Lil' Guy model.
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Engine mounts complete, these kids show them off with pride!
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Every class has got at least ONE... LOL
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The kids learn about using a corner or sill to draw straight lines on a body tube.
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Marking the fin lines on a body tube using the marker tray on the white board.
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Learning the technique of sanding a stack of fins to get them all the same size and shape.
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Cutting out fins for the very first time.
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Learning the use of a razor knife, straight edge and cutting board.
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The cutting of fins kept the class busy for quite a while.
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Nearly complete
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We finish up the fins and then wrap it up for the day.  Next week we finish the assembly!
Week 4
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Applying glue for the Engine Mount
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SUCCESS!  I got my engine mount installed!  Now THAT'S a happy face!
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One of my more serious Litchfield rocketeers.  Working hard to do a good job.
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Investigating the shock cord set up
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Engine mount installed, now on to the fins.
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Learning the fine art of attaching fins.
Week 5
Whatchamacallit and 
Lil' Guy
kits all built, we are ready to fly and I am about to see how these kids were able to decorate (finish) their models!
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Having arrived at the field a few minutes earlier, I had the launch site all set up and ready to go when the kids came walking over the hill
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It was a chilly, though calm day.  We dove right in, learning how to prep our motors and install our recovery device.  First up is the Whatchamacallit
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Showing off his preped Whatchamacallit.  Only about half the class was able to attend the launch, so we had far fewer models than expected for the day
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The trick of figuring out just how to fold that streamer so that it fits the narrow body tube.
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We're ready to begin!  I always like to get a picture of the kids BEFORE we start loosing rockets.  They're usually much happier... LOL
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As the kids become quickly aware, I am just a spectator.  I will explain everything they need to know to do the job, but in the end THEY must DO the job.
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I also try to make a point of getting a posed shot with each pair of rockets.
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And we have LIFTOFF of the first rocket of the class!
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The second one is not far behind.  We're off to a great start!
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Here you can see it coming back (see the yellow streamer in the upper left?)  No, this did NOT land in the tree!
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Hooking up igniter clips for the first time can be a daunting task
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Ok, you know how you hear people saying "there's one in every crowd"?  There he is, on the left...  LOL
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He may be a "card" when posing for pictures, but he is a rocketeer in the truest sense of the word!  Perfect flight!
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All picture perfect so far!
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The only girl in our class, she fit right in (it certainly helped that she knew many of the boys already).  She worked as hard as anyone and did a great job
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In this round, she was odd man out so only one rocket in this set up
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Perfection takes to the air once again!  Good little rocket, that Whatchamacallit!
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For the next rocket (Lil' Guy), we mixed up the order of the kids.
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Ben is our experience rocketeer, having built rockets with me in last years class and even some on his own over the summer.
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The posed shot - I love it when the kids cut up for this picture.
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Ok, after taking pictures of Whatchamacallit's, which are quick off the pad, I have to adjust for the slower Lil' Guy...
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While my shutter finger was a little quick, these were all great flights, each and every one!
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All near field recovered as well!
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Hooking up the clips the second time around is much easier.
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All smiles on this cool Autumn day.
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LIFTOFF!  Again, quick on the shutter.  This one drifted over the trees but landed in an adjacent field.
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The retrieval party returns, rocket in hand (the boy in red)
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The other Lil' Guy drifted back, over our heads and landed in the empty parking lot
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One of the boys missed one of the assembly days for the Lil' Guy and didn't finish it.  Instead he brought an Alpha III and asked if he could launch it.  Of course he can!  On the right is our director, Bill, with the honor of launching my Espresso kit.
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Dang, fast on the shutter again!  Perfect flight on the Alhpa III on an A8-3
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There goes the recovery crew!
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The Espresso turned in a great flight to end the days activities.  The looks on the kids faces says it all.  Jobs well done!
The next 5 week session begins next week.  Due to the proximity to Halloween I will be running a fast paced 2-week Pumpkin Carving class followed by a short 3-week Flight Club class.  Stay tuned!

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